How do I repair a work of art or family heirloom?
The Museum does not endorse specific conservators. Excellent information on selecting a conservator is available on the American Institute for Conservation website at aic.stanford.edu/public/select.html.
How can I donate a work of art to the museum?
We appreciate your consideration and our curatorial staff will be happy to review the object to determine if it fits our collecting guidelines and programming needs. Please send a photograph and a letter about the object to the curatorial department’s attention at the Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101 or call to make an appointment (406) 256-6804, x228.
How much is my piece worth?
We regret that we cannot perform appraisals or issue certificates of authenticity. Check appraisers.org/findappraiser to locate a certified appraiser. An auction house such as Christie’s or Sotheby’s – or an online auction site like ebay.com or artprice.com – can help you learn more about the value of your object. Our curatorial staff, however, will be pleased to offer observations within their areas of expertise pertaining to the historic and aesthetic qualities of a work.
How do I show my work at the museum?
Please read carefully. If you are an artist and would like to introduce your work to Yellowstone Art Museum’s curatorial staff, or if you are a collector who would like to share information about your collection, please follow the guidelines below.
How do I apply for the Art Auction or Summerfair?
How do I submit work for the Consignment Gallery?
FOR ARTISTS – CONSIGNMENT GALLERY
Regional fine artists are encouraged to submit work for consideration to be included in the YAM Consignment Gallery. The Gallery does not exhibit consigned works from mid-January to mid-March and may also be unavailable at other times of the year.
Please note the following guidelines:
A limited number of secondary market sales will be considered. The same terms described above apply.
How are Artists-in-Residence chosen?
The Artist-in-Residence program at the Visible Vault is by invitation. Artists interested in knowing more are asked to contact Senior Curator Bob Durden at 406-256-6804, x230 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Yellowstone Art Museum welcomes requests to borrow works from the permanent collection for exhibition in other museums. Allow a minimum of three months for a loan request to be reviewed. Please note that the YAM is not able to consider requests for loan from the Virginia Snook collection of Will James’s art. Please send all requests in writing to Senior Curator Bob Durden, email@example.com , or 401 North 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101. Include the artist and title of the work you wish to borrow, the name of the exhibition, and the timing and duration of the loan. Borrowers whose loans are approved will be expected to cover customary loan costs and supply a current Standard Facilities Report.
Businesses and public agencies with offices open to the public are welcome to borrow works from the YAM’s Community Collection of contemporary regional art. To learn more about the guidelines for these loans or to learn more about what’s in the Community Collection, contact Registrar Nancy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-256-6804, x227.
Scheduling a visit
Scholars who wish to study portions of the museum’s permanent may submit a letter stating study objectives to Senior Curator Bob Durden, email@example.com or 406-256-6804, x230. Museum staff will consider requests and accommodate legitimate scholarly visits as staff time allows.
Scholars wishing to view specific works in the collection at the YAM’s Visible Vault may make an appointment with Registrar Nancy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-256-6804, x227.